Maghull canal breach 1994

In 1994 the Leeds Liverpool canal through Maghull/Lydiate breached, houses in Hickson Avenue were flooded and fish were left flapping in the fields on the opposite (western) side of the canal.

I recently found and scanned some photos of the disaster which occurred between Green Lane (Methodist Turn Bridge), Maghull and the Bells Lane swing bridge, Lydiate. The cause was the canal collapsing into a culvert that went under it which carried and indeed still carries Maghull Brook under the canal. Maghull Brook is in fact the boundary between the Civil Parishes of Maghull and Lydiate.

This is looking northwards towards the Bells Lane swing bridge which is out of sight around a bend in the canal. Most of the water had run out of the canal by the time this shot was taken.

This is looking northwards towards the Bells Lane swing bridge which is out of sight around a bend in the canal. Most of the water had run out of the canal by the time this shot was taken.

This is Bells Lane swing bridge with a makeshift dam in place to try to hold back the water. The houses by the bridge look significantly different now.

This is Bells Lane swing bridge with a makeshift dam in place to try to hold back the water. The houses by the bridge look significantly different now.

This shot looks at the Bells Lane swing bridge from the other side. The breach is a few hundred yards behind the camera.

This shot looks at the Bells Lane swing bridge from the other side. The breach is a few hundred yards behind the camera.

This is where the breach happened. the flooded houses in Hickson Avenue being on the left of the photo.

This is where the breach happened. The flooded houses in Hickson Avenue being on the left of the photo.

Grounded canal boats

Grounded canal boats

The reason so much water escaped is that there are no locks between Stanley Dock in Liverpool and Burscough in West Lancashire, many miles away. In effect all the water between Liverpool and Burscough was trying to leave the canal via the breach which was roughly half way between the two.

I recall watching what was then British Waterways (now the Canal & River Trust) desperately trying to stop the flow by dumping rubble into the canal at Bells Lane and it being washed away by the force of the water.

My good friend Cllr. Bruce Hubbard was Mayor of Maghull back then and he launched a public appeal to help those whose houses were flooded.

Oddly, we now live in a house that backs onto the canal along this very stretch of water.

The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Pilling Lane canal bridge, Lydiate – Latest news

Repairs works to the bridge and canal are going well with the canal being open once again.

However, on 17th April the road over the bridge was still closed pending completion of the works.

These two photos show recent activity. The first one is of the canal empty of water on 31st March with a digger where water would normally be. The second was taken on 17th April as work progressed.

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This last shot shows the new pedestrian steps taking shape.

Almost there after months of campaigning for the work to be done.

These photos are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Old and new towers at Crosby beach & HALT campaign.

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I took this photo back in 2009 and came across it recently. It is also on my flickr site:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

A far better place for wind turbines than the land between Ince Blundell and Lydiate! Keep in touch with the HALT campaign against the Blackpool Tower sized turbines proposed for the local high grade agricultural land at:-

www.h-alt.info

And see Lydiate Parish Council’s concerns at:-

lydiateparishcouncil.gov.uk/objections-to-wind-farm/

STOP PRESS – Pickles rejects Somerset wind farm plans

Plans for four wind turbines at West Huntspill in Somerset have been rejected by Eric Pickles who said “the harm that this scheme would cause to the landscape and visual impact outweighed the benefits.”
From BBC News

Wind farm approvals rise

With thanks to the Local Government Information Unit for pointing out this story.

The number of onshore wind farms granted planning permission has risen by two thirds in the past three years. Figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change showed that last year 141 onshore wind farms were given planning permission, compared with 83 in 2010. The figures also showed a significant rise in the number of solar farms granted approval by councils, up from nine in 2010 to 141 last year.
The Daily Telegraph, Page: 6

This is interesting, relevant and worrying in equal measure because of the plans to build a large wind farm on land in West Lancashire between Lydiate and Ince Blundell that community action group HALT is opposing and on which I have commented many times before.

I am not opposed to wind farms generally but this West Lancashire site is comprised of some of the highest grade agricultural land in the UK; simply not the place to use for anything else but growing food.

Keep in touch with things by visiting HALT’s excellent web site:-

www.h-alt.info/